One of Them: From Albert Square to Parliament Square (Hardback)
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One of Them: From Albert Square to Parliament Square (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 06/02/2020
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'It tells not just the story of his life, but also the battle for LGBT equality in the UK' Guardian 'Brutally frank and brave' i 'Passionate and true ... A great book about love, pain and the whole damn thing' Simon Callow 'A memoir to cherish' Ian McKellen 'A brave, good man' Sheila Hancock 'A book to be savoured' Alan Johnson 'There are so many reasons to love this book' Armistead Maupin 'A beautifully written, funny memoir' Jo Brand Michael Cashman has lived many lives, all of them remarkable: as a beloved actor of stage and screen; as a campaigner for gay rights; as an MEP and as a life peer. Born in the post-war East End of London, young Michael's life is changed when he is spotted in a school play, cast in Lionel Bart's Oliver! and is transported to the glittering West End. Acting on stage and screen into adulthood, he finds his most defining role as Colin in Eastenders, making television history as one half of the first gay kiss ever broadcast on a British soap. But it is a chance encounter in a Butlins resort that leads Michael to the great love of his life: Paul Cottingham, who would become his husband and partner of 31 years. We follow Michael's second act, as with Ian McKellen he founds and chairs Stonewall, fighting tirelessly for civil liberties all over the world before entering the world of politics. His adventures and misadventures lead him and Paul as far and wide as high tea in LA with David Hockney to flirting with Joan Collins to flying the rainbow flag over the Albert Hall with Elton John. But Michael's greatest triumphs are seasoned with bitter loss - and he continues his ceaseless fight bearing a profound grief. One of Them contains as many multitudes as its author: glorious nostalgia, wicked showbiz gossip, a stirring history of a civil rights movement, a sorrowfully clear-eyed exposition of Britain's standing in Europe, and an unforgettable love story. Told with warmth, wit and humanity, it is an account of a life lived both left-of-field and firmly embedded in the heart of all that makes Britain liberal and good.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526612328
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 814 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


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Beautifully written, it moves with ease from a tough childhood in the East End of London through the bohemian life of an actor ending up in the world of politics, all knitted together with an unpredictable and moving love story. It made me happy and sad and all points in between
Brutally frank and brave * i *
Tells not just the story of his life, but also the battle for LGBT equality in the UK * GUARDIAN *
Poignant reading * OBSERVER *
A powerful account of public life, love and loss ... Passionate and true, illuminating, bright and breezy ... In the league of My Early Years, Charlie Chaplin's great account of late 19th-century south London - graphic, filled with smells and tastes and strange encounters ... A great book about love, pain and the whole damn thing * GUARDIAN *
There is brilliance in his memoir, One of Them, and darkness, too, enough to raise it far above the normal standard of celebrity biography ... Stunning ... The lucidity of the writing is breath-taking ... He could never be accused ... in life or literature, of not doing enough * HERALD *
With this memoir Michael Cashman can add "writer" to a CV that already includes "actor", "politician" and "campaigner". Apart from its important contribution to British social history, this is a book to be savoured for its own sake as a wonderful piece of descriptive writing and a rollicking good read
Michael Cashman's beautifully crafted memoir left me in tears and grateful that he had the courage to lay out his almost unimaginable life with such impressive honesty ... Above all, however, this is the tenderest of love stories, a proud testament to a decades-long queer romance. There are so many reasons to love this book
This book, unlike any other I've read, is a true portrait of a brave actor/politician/Lord. Michael Cashman shares his most private feelings in a memoir to cherish
Michael Cashman describes his journey from a cruel Dickensian childhood to the dignity of the House of Lords with brutal honesty. I was shocked, amused, and deeply moved by this life of a brave, good, man
In February, Michael Cashman, now Lord Cashman of Limehouse, tells his life story in One Of Them: From Albert Square To Parliament Square ... from East End boy and child actor to soap star, Stonewall founder, MEP and now member of the House of Lords * SUNDAY EXPRESS *
[A] roller coaster memoir ... Peppered with delicious anecdotes of his encounters with celebrities * SCOTSMAN *
An extraordinary account of improbable leaps of faith and changes of direction ... An amazing, complicated love story * RADIO TIMES *
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“The remarkable story of a remarkable man”

Michael Cashman, now Lord Cashman of Limehouse, has long been one of my absolute heroes and I awaited this memoir with much anticipation. And it delivers. This honest, frank and open story traces his roots from... More

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“The remarkable story of a remarkable man”

Michael Cashman, now Lord Cashman of Limehouse, has long been one of my heroes. In this frank and honest autobiography he traces his life from humble beginnings as a little boy who simply wanted to entertain before... More

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